Written by Isaac Bredeson, a Clemson University Junior
We’ve begun our second ‘theoretic course’ as the Russians call it on our schedule. It is taught by our professor from Clemson, Dr. Layfield. Our mission is to build a marketing campaign to inform and excite non-Russians about Russian culture. To do this we’ll make a brochure, poster, and short film. We also must make a plan to implement other media forms such as social networking sites and podcasts. It’s beyond multimedia and is, as far as I can tell, omnimedia.
The class itself is two days a week from 9 AM to 4 PM with one hour for lunch. That sounds like a long time, but it goes by surprisingly fast. Rather than just listen to lectures for the entire time we are given small projects to complete during class. We use the methods taught previously in the lecture portion. Every class period is packed full of information; we’ve covered so far everything from font uses and nuances to how to take good-quality portraits.
We are split up in to three groups which are mixed so that there are a roughly even number of Russian-, French-, and English-speaking students in each group. Having one native speaker of English in each group keeps everyone on the same page, and having Russians in each group makes sure that all groups have authorities on Russian culture.
Most recently our project for the day was to apply photography methods for a few hours in the Moscow metro system. Moscow has some of the most beautiful and ornate metro stations in the world without a doubt, and we were charged with capturing it in clever ways. My group hit the blue line and took photos of some of the oldest and newest stations in the system. We were so focused on getting good shots that we were a tad late on returning, but we got the job done. It’s so much more fun and effective to learn by doing than to merely take notes, yet another reason I’m glad I’m not stuck back in Clemson this semester.
Also in this Issue...
- The Ceiling of Moscow by David Tyrpak
"The view is astounding. We we're there at night and looking out you could see all of Moscow, like a living cell..."
- The Phases of Russian Winter and the Importance of Good Footwear by Joey Kingerski
"Walkways are routinely covered in water and on more than one occasion I have encountered a sidewalk that is nearly impassable. The importance of good foot wear cannot be understated, and my boots have made it possible for me to walk around in recent weeks..."
- Issue Photographer: Isaac Bredeson
Written by David Tyrpak, a Clemson University Junior
Moscow is a massive city, filled with a myriad of sights and sounds. In addition to the beautiful and historic structures of a city that annually attract millions of tourists, there are recent additions that rival for impressiveness. A TV tower doesn't strike the imagination as awe-inspiring, but when said TV tower is taller than the Empire State Building, and has an observation deck that commands an impressive view of all of Moscow, you don't mind paying three-hundred rubles to ride to the top of it.
Ostankino TV Tower is located in northern Moscow, not far from our hostel. It's an alien looking structure, and impossible to miss.
At night several spotlights shine on the top of the building, and if you had to guess that Moscow had a supreme ruler, he'd probably live at the top of Ostankino Tower. So with my curiosity piqued from day one, I was excited when Dr. Layfield announced his plans to visit the tower last week.
The trip from MSAU is no more than one metro stop, padded with two stops on the monorail. For three-hundred rubles you get a ten minute guided tour up to the observation deck. There's a restaurant somewhere below the observation deck, but a series of fires have shut it down for restorations. So we were contented with the main deck, which offers a 360° degree view, and some glass floor boards to test your courage out on.
The view is astounding. We we're there at night and looking out you could see all of Moscow, like a living cell, with veins of light stretching out and intertwining. After some well deserved pictures, our 10 minutes were up, and we were shepherded back down out of the tower.